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An 154 MLB Game Schedule Makes A lot Of Sense – Even For Separating The Record Books

Major League Baseball used to run on a 154 game schedule before 1961  In that year, the American League added two new franchises in expansion, with the Caliornia Angels and the Washington Senators.  The National League played one more season with the 154 games mark before they also converted to the new 162 game season.

Major League Baseball used to run on a 154 game schedule before 1961 In that year, the American League added two new franchises in expansion, with the California Angels and the Washington Senators. The National League played one more season with the 154 games mark before they also converted to the new 162 game season in the 1962 campaign.

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Nice Idea, Doubt It will happen anytime soon though

I have been a longtime advocate of a 154 game schedule. I believe you could draw back the clock and have an official record book for the 162 game schedule and also the 154 ame schedule.  Guess what that would do?  Set back the single season HR mark to 60 by Babe Ruth in 1927 again.

The idea has lots of merit at its starting point, but a lot of the big market clubs like New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, LA Dodgers, Philadelphia Philies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and LA Angels would hate voting for this for sure, as it would cut into revenue’s based largely on attendance alone, but for the other clubs I could see them not dropping by much in attendance at all aggregate for the whole lump sum of a year.

I think it would only work if they increased the Post Season to a bet of 7 LDS Round once the Wild Card Winners were determined.

In 1961 it was just like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig all over again circa 1927, with Roger Maris and "The Mick" chasing down the Babe's 60 HR record.  Mantle would fall by the wayside clubbing a Career high 54 dingers, while Maris broke the record.  Their 115 combined HRs is still the best 1-2 record of ALL - Time.

In 1961 it was just like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig all over again circa 1927, with Roger Maris and “The Mick” chasing down the Babe’s 60 HR record. Mantle would fall by the wayside clubbing a Career high 54 dingers, while Maris broke the record. Their 115 combined HRs is still the best 1-2 record of ALL – Time by teammates.

 

Of course, a lot of the deal the TV networks have made with baseball teams have 81 games as the focal point, so this would have to be renegotiated in a ton of markets.  The best way to handle this is to buy them off.  If the MLB is serious about then start trying to grandfather it in.

Just like I have predicted will we a 9 figure contract pitcher go down with TJ Surgery (clock is ticking on Mr. Tanaka), and a season ending injury is also coming for a player with that amount of cash in a deal – and will be hit by pitch (or injured on the basepaths), it will take an extreme occurrence for the MLB to straighten its house in order.

Again, i will throw out the 8 men only hit on offense card.  Eliminating both of the Pitcher and DH, and then you can expand the Roster from 25 – 26 to compensate the loss of the DH, and then having a franchise designate a 25 man roster every night.  Having a 154 game schedule with just 8 batters in the lineup hitting – would make up for the 8 games lost for AB and then some.

it is nice to see the commissioner throwing some spaghetti against the walls, and maybe something will stick.  Of course some of the old schooler’s are saying that is not ‘spaghetti” he is slinging out right now, but I get it.

I could also see the league going to more Geographical aligned 4 – 6 Divisions, where it could cut down the traveling for each team.  Expansion may also be on the docket for another few teams in the  next 10 – 15 (Stop saying Montreal though, as it will never happen with an .80 cent dollar, and Toronto being on the East Coast already)  But I digress..

Mark McGwire ans Sammy Sosa both broke Roger Maris's 61 HRs mark in 1998, with Big Mac raking in his 60th HR in his 134th game, which is still the fastest to do so, by 1 game over Bonds, and then he hit 61 in his 136th game, and 62 in his 137th game on Sept.8, 1998.  McGwire finished with 70 HRs in 155 Games Played, and was the record holder for just 3 years until Bonds bested him.

Mark McGwire ans Sammy Sosa both broke Roger Maris’s 61 HRs mark in 1998, with Big Mac raking in his 60th HR in his 134th game, which is still two less than Bonds, and then he hit 61 in his 136th game, and 62 in his 137th game on Sept.8, 1998. McGwire finished with 70 HRs in 155 Games Played, and was the record holder for just 3 years until Bonds bested him.

Going back to a 154 game schedule would be a perfect way to separate the MLB from the steroid era in a small way.

The schedule 1st gained 8 games back in 1961 when the Washington Senators and California Angels both originated with initial expansion.  For the 1st 60 years of AL and NL, there were just the 8 teams in either division – and that year the AL went to 10.

Ichiro Suzuki is the ALL - Time single season hits champ, with his 2004 mark of 262 base knocks.  He tied and passed George Sisler's previous MLB Mark of 257 in 1920, in his 159th game that year.  Through 154 Games, he was at 252 Hits.  Like Maris still holds the AL HR record for a single year, Sisler still owns the NL mark for hits in a single year.

Ichiro Suzuki is the ALL – Time single season hits champ, with his 2004 mark of 262 base knocks. He tied and passed George Sisler’s previous MLB Mark of 257 in 1920, in his 159th game that year. Through 154 Games, he was at 252 Hits. Like Maris still holds the AL HR record for a single year, Sisler still owns the NL mark for hits in a single year.

Ironically 1961 was the year that Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s HR Record, by clubbing a HR in the teams 162nd game and his 161st.  For  years there was always talk of  an asterisk besides Maris’s name – because he had passed the mark on the last game of the year. Ford Frick, the MLB Commissioner at the time, was a personal friend of Babe Ruth’s, and frowned upon Maris breaking the record after the 154 games.

The MLB didn’t have their own record book until 1995, and by that time, Faye Vincent had already removed any talk of two separate record for Ruth and Maris a few years prior when he was still the commissioner.

At age 34 and with 443 HRs, this is said to be the time when Bonds started using steroids.  How many could he have hit cleanly in the next decade without?  Instead, we all know the story.  In 2001, during his 153 Games Played, Bonds clubbed the single season record of 73 HRs.  This would call him for the true #1 mark.  Ruth hit his 60th HR in his 150th game.  Incredibly, Bonds nailed his 60th HR in just his 132rd game in 2001.  3 games later, he smashed 3 more roundtrippers, to put up 63 HRs in just 135 games.  He would hit 10 more tater trots in the next 18 games.

At age 34 and with 443 HRs, this is said to be the time when Bonds started using steroids. How many could he have hit cleanly in the next decade without? Instead, we all know the story. In 2001, during his 153 Games Played, Bonds clubbed the single season record of 73 HRs. This would call him for the true #1 mark. Ruth hit his 60th HR in his 150th game. Incredibly, Bonds nailed his 60th HR in just his 132rd game in 2001. 3 games later, he smashed 3 more roundtrippers, to put up 63 HRs in just 135 games. He would hit 10 more tater trots in the next 18 games.

I for one would love that aspect of it.  You could keep a record book for 1961 to present for single year records, but also designate the 154 records solely on their own.

I guess that maybe just wishful thinking.  it is too bad the whole steroid era wasn’t at a certain amount of games from 1995 – 2005 by itself.

I don't think reprising the 154 game schedule would be such a bad idea.  Furthermore, they could consider the notion of having 2 separate record books for the 154 and 162 game schedule.  Ruth's 60 HRs back in 1927 would be revived as the 154 game mark, while Barry Bonds would own the 162 game mark with 73.  This little caveat would forever distance the "Steroid and Amphetamines era" from the last 20 years, although it would also lump 1961 - to the 90's in there as well.

I don’t think reprising the 154 game schedule would be such a bad idea. Furthermore, they could consider the notion of having 2 separate record books for the 154 and 162 game schedule. Ruth’s 60 HRs back in 1927 would be revived as the 154 game mark, while Barry Bonds would own the 162 game mark with 73. This little caveat would forever distance the “Steroid and Amphetamines era” from the last 20 years, although it would also lump 1961 – to the 90’s in there as well.

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